Moving Mountains: Praying with Passion, Confidence, and Authority (Nashville: Thomas Nelson, 2016)

Prayer That Works. Really?

John Eldredge of Ransomed Heart Ministries has released a new book titled Moving Mountains: Praying with Passion, Confidence, and Authority

Eldredge wastes no time getting right to the point.

On page 4, he attacks the elephant in the room — Why are some prayers answered while others are not?

From here, Eldredge leads us to tackle issues which perhaps have crossed the minds of many faith-minded individuals.

  • What is God up to in my life?
  • Do I have what is takes?
  • Why is life so dang hard?

In Chapter 2, “Third Graders at Normandy”, Eldredge unpacks the answers to these questions with power.

By the end of the chapter, you will have a completely different world view, which will help explain why it seems God doesn’t come through when we need Him.

Chapter 5, “Bold Authority”, is perhaps the most challenging section yet. In this chapter, Eldredge teaches us to approach God as a partner in the work He is doing.

As he reveals what he means by partnering with God, I find it is completely upending my understanding of prayer and how I approach my work.

In all, I’m loving the book, and I highly recommend that you grab a copy today.

Rising Strong Book Review (New York: Spiegel & Grau, 2015)

Rising Strong” is a book that comes along once in a generation.

Researcher Brené Brown tackles the all-too-important topic of how to recover from failure, and it should be required reading for any person who wants to start his/her own business.

Risk doesn’t mean possible failure; Risk means certain failure.

In all of my coaching and work with entrepreneurs over the past 10 years, I consider recovery to be the most vital skill.

Not vision, not idea generation, not scalability.

Recovery.

Most of us are poorly equipped for picking ourselves up from the pavement.

We think that dusting ourselves off and trying again is the key to success.  I disagree.

Falling hurts.

We need to acknowledge this as our first step in living a wholehearted life.

Consider Rising Strong your field manual for handling failure and for performing your best once you recover.

If you read one book this year, read Rising Strong by Brené Brown.

Big Magic (New York: Riverhead Books, 2015)

Gilbert’s Book Perfect for Entrepreneurs

For those of you who want a peek behind the curtain of the creative process employed by other experts, you have two options – Gilbert’s Big Magic, and Pressfield’s The War of Art.

Big Magic is a goldmine! I highly recommend getting a copy of it today.

Liz does a wonderful job of not only helping us understand how we can make our process

  • More livable
  • More bearable
  • More successful

The single-most important point that Gilbert makes is, “What we make matters enormously, and it doesn’t matter at all.”

The reason this is so important, especially to people who are searching for a business model, or searching for a platform, is because so many people tend to get married to their ideas.

Heaven knows I do.

Until we get validation from the market, we really need to be married to the search, not to our ideas.

Our willingness to freely let go of our brightest ideas is the most powerful skill that an entrepreneur can have.

I highly recommend Big Magic with particular emphasis on the chapters on “Enchantment” and “Permission”.

 

 

Resonate: Present Visual Stories That Transform Audiences (Hoboken, NJ: John Wiley & Sons, 2010)

I first came across Nancy’s work when I watched Al Gore give a talk on his book An Inconvenient Truth.  Nancy was the behind-the-scenes person who helped Al Gore take his message to millions.

I saw Nancy speak on a TedTalk video and realized that I HAD to get one of her books.

I’m glad I did.

This one completely transformed how I give platform presentations, and I use many of her suggestions in my work.

If you are a public speaker, you should get a copy of Resonate right away.

I Thought It Was Just Me (But It Isn’t) (New York, NY: Gotham Books, 2008)

Absolutely life changing!

We have all experienced it at one time or another.  We made a dumb move. We blow it, and I mean big time.

Then comes that egg-on-your-face feeling, the negative self-talk.

Brené Brown is a shame researcher, and her content is catching on like wild fire!

Her TED Talk videos have millions of views. It is as if the world was saying, “Finally, someone is talking about this!”

If you are looking for a way to combat the effects of shame, perfectionism, or anger.  This is a great place to start.

Drive: The Surprising Truth About What Motivates Us (New York, NY: Riverhead Books, 2009)

Daniel must have an entire research team working for him.  The depth of his knowledge is truly astounding.

He has a way of diving through tons of academic literature, finding the gold nuggets, and then delivering them to us in plain English.

I can thank Daniel for introducing me to researchers Deci and Ryan and their incredible body of work on self-determination theory.

I included several citations in my doctoral dissertation.  Get this book today to find out 1) what makes you tick, and 2) how to move your team forward.

Launch: An Internet Millionaire’s Secret Formula To Sell Almost Anything Online, Build A Business You Love, And Live The Life Of Your Dreams (Morgan James Publishing, 2014)

I had the chance to see Jeff Walker speak at an event, and I sat there absolutely mesmerized.

He is a god amongst information marketers and a legend on the conference circuit.

I devoured Launch as soon as it was published, and put a number of Jeff’s suggestions in place.  His formula works, and I can say that I’ve made money using his tips.

If you’ve ever considered selling anything online, then Launch is required reading.